Gateway Area Business Association – GABA

Working Together, Growing Together – Since 1950

Photo courtesy of

Fred Sanchez, Colleen Gifford & the Keystone Kops!

The Gateway Area Business Association was started in 1950 as the Woodland Park Merchants, with 15 charter members. The purpose was to promote the area with services to the community.  One of the first activities was the organizing of a parade in 1951, with eager participation.

One of the highlights of the parade was the annual appearance of the Senior and Junior Rose Festival Courts.  The first Fun-O-Rama days were held in 1952, with a carnival used as a fund-raising event. The Gateway Keystone Cops were a west coast-side fun group, appearing in many local and regional events such as parades and other fun-type activities.



2015 General Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of each month
from noon to 1 PM
at East Portland Community Center
in the Loaves & Fishes Room

740 SE 106th Ave, Portland, OR 97216
Click here for a Google Map.


2015 Board meetings are held on 4th Wednesday of the months of July, September and November from 6 to 7pm at

East Portland Neighborhood Office at 1017 NE 117th Avenue, Portland OR 97220



It’s time to nominate the 2015 Citizen of the year!

Please nominate a worthy person or group for Gateway’s 15th annual 2015 Citizen of the Year using our Citizen of the Year Form.  Please print and bring your nomination form to the next general meeting.

The announcement will be made at GABA’s First Responder Tribute and Community Fair on September 10th, 2015. After 9-11, Gateway business leaders and residents felt a need to pay tribute to local First Responders. Join us for the 12th annual Tribute to honor Portland Police Officers, Multnomah County Sheriff Deputies, Portland Firefighters and EMTs. The public is invited to this free event, featuring patriotic flag and gun salute, talented entertainment,enjoyable commmunity fair, notable 2015 Citizen of the Year announcement and more.



Upcoming Events for 2015

Click here to see the rest of our upcoming meetings and events calendar!

May 26

East Island Work Group Tuesday
26-May 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Location: EPNO Conf. room, 1017 NE 117th, Portland, OR 97220

May 28

East Island Public Open House
Thursday, 28-May 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: TBD

June 11

GABA General Meeting
Noon - 1:00 PM
East Portland Center

July 9

GABA General Meeting
Noon - 1:00 PM
East Portland Center

Outreach Director
Our Oregon

July 22nd

GABA Board Meeting 
6 - 7:30 PM


No GABA General Meeting

September 10

First Responder Tribute, Community Fair, Citizen of the Year award, Flag Ceremony, Gun Salute, Entertainment, Drone demonstrations and more!
5:30 PM
111th SQUARE - NE Halsey at 111th
Speaker: Dr. Derr, President of MHCC

October 8

GABA General Meeting
Noon - 1:00 PM
East Portland Center

November 12

GABA General Meeting
Noon - 1:00 PM
East Portland Center

December 10

Holiday Special - Stay Tuned!!



2014 Fun-O-Rama Photos